Marin foundation to take part in MS research effort

The Marin Community Foundation will help oversee a philanthropic effort on multiple sclerosis research, according to Jansssen Research & Development, a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, which established the fund.

Janssen said it has committed $5.4 million that will go towards a new research sponsorship "to advance the formation of a first-of-its kind networked initiative aimed at uncovering the genetic and biological causes of MS."

Under the sponsorships, the Marin Community Foundation MS Project Fund will create an alliance of public and private research collaborators, according to Janssen, which will enable data sharing and integration of research. The alliance will work to expand and refine the knowledge of MS, while hoping to create new approaches for treatment of the disease.

“We are proud to welcome the MS Project Fund within the Foundation, and we look forward to its scientific success,” said Thomas Peters, Ph.D, chief executive officer of the foundation in Novato.

The foundation has a history of supporting neuroscience research and development, including the establishment of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging as a component of the research facility focused on aging and chronic diseases.

The latest effort to study MS is part of the Healthy Minds initiative started by Janssen in 2011.

“The commitment of new funds under our Healthy Minds program to this research effort in MS builds on the longstanding Janssen tradition of advancing neuroscience research and commitment to innovative collaboration,” said Husseini Manji, M.D., global therapeutic area head for neuroscience at Janssen.

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic neurological disorder affecting more than 350,000 people in the United States and 2.5 million worldwide, according to Janssen.***

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Dr. Michael Caccavale, an interventional radiologist, has joined Redwood Regional Medical Group in Santa Rosa. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in physiology and public health. He completed his medical degree there, as well. He completed his residency in radiology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medical Education in Rochester, Minn., followed by a fellowship in vascular and interventional imaging, also at the Mayo School.

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